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embarrass (someone) into (doing something)

To shame or humiliate someone into doing something. The newspaper ran an unflattering story about our CEO and embarrassed him into donating money to various charities. The other kids embarrassed me into starting the food fight by calling me a wuss.
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embarrass (someone) with (something)

To shame someone with something. Mom, I can't believe you embarrassed me with my baby pictures when all of my friends were over!
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embarrass about (something)

1. To feel shame about someone or something I'm so embarrassed about falling down on stage during the talent show! Considering how well you played, you shouldn't feel embarrassed about losing.
2. To cause one to feel shame about someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "embarrass" and "about." Don't embarrass him about falling down on stage during the talent show—he's upset enough as it is.
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embarrass someone about someone or something

to make someone feel bad or ashamed about someone or something. Please don't embarrass me by mentioning my mistake again. There is no need to embarrass her about her unfortunate sister.
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embarrass someone into doing something

to shame someone into doing something. They tried to embarrass me into doing it, but I resisted. Juan tried to embarrass Fred into going home early.
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embarrass someone with something

to use something to make someone feel bad or ashamed. Please don't embarrass me with that old story again. Maria embarrassed Henry with a reminder of what had happened.
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financially embarrassed

Euph. broke. I'm a bit financially embarrassed at the moment. Gary found himself financially embarrassed when the time came to pay the bill.
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In the clear glow of hindsight, the things I should have remembered are embarrassingly clear (no matter how beautiful Christie Brinkley is).
Cheap, simple traceability remains elusive for the beef industry, as is embarrassingly obvious after the announcement of a supposedly world beating scheme in Scotland.
There are also some originals by the goodfellas in an enjoyable set that is much more than a kitschy wallow (except for the last cut, which features an embarrassingly silly skit featuring these three non-thespians).
He was so embarrassingly common and little," writes Father John Kavanaugh.
Planned storage of seven times the annual emplacement rate at Yucca Mountain is nothing more than an unlawful interim storage site in embarrassingly thin disguise," Loux said.
Embarrassingly for Reets at the Xperia Access party at Sony Music's HQ, she had red lipstick on her nose and chin - and it took four songs before anyone pointed it out.
1 You can be very glad you don't have to stand in line at Clintons for half an hour, clutching an embarrassingly large card/ balloon/ cheesy mug for your other half.
Felipe Massa's car was embarrassingly hit by an electrical fault on its installation lap at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Rush Limbaugh: Making fun of an endearing and passionate disabled person is embarrassingly lame.
Then to cap it all off, the Mancs crash embarrassingly out of the competition at the first hurdle, and end up with the wooden spoon
Almost embarrassingly (in the best sense) titled Heaven, 2004, and containing not a single hard-edge line, the piece was appropriately accompanied by Clubchair 23 and Clubchair 24 (both 2005), items of chunky, handmade furniture constructed from painted wood and the polypropylene webbing found on folding beach chairs.
Club loyalists charge that Moore was a micromanager who was either unwilling or unable to cede control of even the most minute tasks--even insisting on opening every piece of mail that came through the office, Because he was often on the mad, that policy meant the bundled checks that the Club delivers to candidates in primary campaigns (the Club's central activity) often arrived embarrassingly late.
Embarrassingly, Quebec critics gleefully mocked the fact that the penultimate event of Quebec's traumatic defeat on the Plains of Abraham--the actual battle--does not appear on screen in this expensive movie, the biggest production budget of any Canadian feature to date.
It's never been cool, is resolutely un-punk rock, and embarrassingly white, aspirational and middle class.
In "Tobermori," for example, a cat learns to speak; and what comes out of his mouth is embarrassingly shocking to the guests at a dinner party.